CHEATING HEART DISEASE
How To Cheat And Avoid Heart Disease Naturally
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. More than one million people a year die of heart disease and thirty percent of all deaths in the United States are due to heart disease. Your odds of dying of heart disease are one in four. Often, heart disease is caused by how we live and what we eat. By taking the right steps, you can greatly improve those odds in your favor. “If you have heart disease, it’s possible to reverse its progress and bring your arteries to healthier condition,” says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and director of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California.
Heart disease can take a number of forms, including: Angina: is a heavy, tight pain in the chest that happens after some type of exertion. This is caused by when the blood vessels narrow and fail to supply the heart with the proper amount of oxygen. Heart Attack: occurs when the coronary arteries that carry oxygen to the heart muscles become obstructed.
Hypertension: is also known as high blood pressure and is common. If untreated, it greatly increases the risk of heart attack and heart failure.
Heart Failure: is caused by an inadequate flow of blood from the heart.
Healthy Heart Nutrition: The following are nutritional supplements that help keep your cardiovascular health in excellent shape.
Coenzyme Q10: This incredible nutrient increases oxygenation of heart tissue and has been shown to prevent recurrences in persons who have had a heart attack. Coenzyme Q10 stimulates the body to form ATP, a key chemical for producing energy in every cell. When a heart attack occurs, a large part of the heart muscle is destroyed, and the muscle that is left over tries to do the entire job of keeping the heart pumping. Because of this, the heart begins to do a poor job of pumping blood to the rest of the body. This can lead to swollen ankles, fatigue and shortness of breath and is known as congestive heart failure. Your heart needs more energy. Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the New England Heart Center in Manchester, Connecticut believes that the supplement Coenzyme Q10 can give the heart cells more energy. “I personally use it in every one of my patients with congestive heart failure if they are willing to take it,” say Dr. Sinatra. “It has a considerable impact on their quality of life.”
There have been many studies around the world concluding that Coenzyme Q10 is an effective treatment for heart disease. Its efficacy and safety has been well established instudies and clinical trials. One study, published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 1990, found that Coenzyme Q10 reduced the frequency of angina attacks by up to 46%, while increasing the capacity for physical activity in those patients. In another study, R.B. Singh, from the Heart Research Laboratory at the Medical Hospital and Research Center in Moradabad, India, announced to the International Coenzyme Q10 Association that, in a double-blind trial of 144 patients, the supplement was responsible for a significant reduction in angina, arrhythmias and left ventricular dysfunction. Cardiac deaths were also much lower in the Coenzyme Q10 group than in the control group.
L-Carnitine. Studies on the beneficial effects of L-Carnitine on the cardiovascular system have been conducted since 1937. L-Carnitine benefits the cardiovascular system in many ways. It is responsible for clearing fatty acids, triglycerides, out of the blood into the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of the cells) to be broken down. Studies have shown that the important functions of L-Carnitine include: improving heart muscle function,stimulating energy supply to the heart, increasing endurance, increasing cardiac output and regulating heart arrythmias. L-Carnitine, an amino acid, also works with Coenzyme Q10 to reduce angina pain and the frequency of attacks than those who take Coenzyme Q10 by itself. Researchers believe that, without L-Carnitine, the heart’s cells can’t make energy from fats. Instead, they burn sugar, or glucose, for energy. This, in combination with narrowed vessels that deprive the heart of oxygen, leads to lactic acid buildup, which in turn causes the pain of angina.
Vitamin E: Research has shown that without a doubt Vitamin E is good for the heart. In the past several years, the evidence has become so strong that most doctors can’t ignore it. Vitamin E was advocated as an effective treatment for heart disease by Dr. Even Shute of London, Ontario, more than 50 years ago. His findings were described in the scientific journal Nature in 1946. His claims, which were initially dismissed by the medical community, have been confirmed by recent findings from studies and clinical trials.
In The New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard University researchers reported that Vitamin E supplements reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in both men and women. The beneficial amount used was an amount you can obtain only from supplements, not foods. Other impressive results were obtained from a study that has been reported in the very well-respected British medical journal Lancet. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England gave either Vitamin E or a placebo daily to 2,000 patients with heart disease. The group whom took the Vitamin E for an average of eighteen months had an incredible 77 percent lower incidence of non-fatal heart attacks than the placebo group. The researchers declared Vitamin E more effective in controlling heart attacks than either aspirin or cholesterol lowering drugs. These results were so impressive that the American Heart Association ranked Vitamin E number four on its list of the top ten heart related developments in 1996. The August 1996 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the use of Vitamin E resulted in a 63% reduction in death from heart attack.
There is even evidence that Vitmin E can help reverse heart disease. Researchers have
found that in monkeys, our close biological relatives, clogged arteries induced by a high-fat diet can noit only be prevented but also reversed by Vitamin E supplementation. In a six year study, Anthony J. Verlangieri, Ph. D., of the University of Mississippi Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory, fed monkeys a high-fat diet that cuased their arteries to become clogged and blocked. When the monkeys were given Vitamin E, the amount of blockage in their arterties that were seriously clogged began to open up. This was from an average of 35 percent artery closure to a 15 percent closure.
Vitamin E can also help protect us from the effects of high fat foods. A study done by cardiologist Gary Plotnick, M.D., at the University of Maryland found that Vitamin E can provide protection against the damaging effects of high fat foods and meals. There is little doubt that Vitamin E is a wonder supplement for the heart.
Green Tea Extract. Studies suggest that green tea extract may help prevent heart disease. Green tea extract contains antioxidants and flavonoids which have been shown to inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation that can result in blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Magnesium. This mineral is necessary for the proper functioning of the heart. It helps improve circulation, reduce angina, and help lower blood pressure.
Vitamin C. This vitamin is important because it has been shown to reduce serum cholesterol. Vitamin C plays a role in moving cholesterol from the arteries to the liver, where it is converted into bile acids and then eliminated along with fiber. Vitamin C also helps repair damaged arterial walls, which prevents cholesterol deposits from forming.
One of the most significant reports about the benefits of Vitamin C was done in 1992 at UCLA. The study involved 11,348 participants over a 10 year period, showed that Vitamin C prolonged average lifespan and reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease by 42 percent. In another study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 1998, show that low levels of Vitamin C can help contribute to heart disease.
Folic Acid. As our bodies metabolize protein, it converts the amino acid methionine into another amino acid, cystine, making the chemical homocysteine as a result. High levels of homocysteine can have a direct, toxic effect on the coronary arteries, damaging them. As much as 30 percent of all heart disease is directly caused by high homocysteine levels. Folic acid can help bring blood homocysteine to safe levels. The Annual Review of Medicine has reported that “supplementation with B vitamins, in particular with folic acid, is an efficient, safe and inexpensive means to reduce an elevated homocysteine level. The basis for these conclusions is data from about 80 clinical and epidemiological studies including more than 10,000 patients.
Hawthorn Berry. This herb has the ability to help dilate coronoary arteries and improve the metabolic function of heart muscle. Although the FDA claims that taking 1 baby aspirin daily can reduce the risk of heart attack without side effects, Harvard Medical School says that there is no sufficient evidence to support this. Remember, if you do use aspirin, it can cause internal bleeding and stomach ulceration.